After playing for three hours, the Mafia remake might finally be what I want from this series
August 26, 20201 min read
Mafiais a series that I love in theory and am disappointed with in execution. I'll never turn down a good mob story, especially in the Goodfellas vein of "up-and-comer turned down-and-outter." Tales of organized crime and the motif of individual success through family loyalty (and all the ways that can unwind) are ripe material for complex and fascinating narratives.
Unfortunately, modern Mafiagames haven't really nailed that adaption to a video game medium. Mafia II is a tightly-controlled and compelling story, but the stuff that makes it a video game is marred by carrying out menial tasks, shooting that's basic to the point of being offputting, and so much driving. Mafia III spun a really unique yarn about an empowered black man in the 1960s deep south, but it was egregiously padded out with hours and hours' worth of repetitive missions.